Moving Living Room Furniture

There's probably lots of furniture in your living room to move: couch, recliner, tables, entertainment center, and maybe some antiques or special-care furniture.

You can move couches, recliners, cabinets, and other typical living room furniture by following the suggestions earlier in this section on moving larger objects by hand or by dolly. Here are some additional suggestions:

  • By standing a couch on end and wrapping it with an old (but clean) blanket, you can use an appliance dolly to move a large couch. (Watch out for hanging fixtures.)

  • If your sofa is a sleeper, make sure you use a short rope to tie the sleeper unit to the frame before attempting to move it. Otherwise, the unit may decide to open up into a bed halfway through the doorway!

  • Before you put that nice upholstered furniture into a dusty old truck and drive it cross-country, cover the furniture with plastic covers or at least some old sheets.

First step to moving the television: Disconnect it from the cable! As life may seem to end when the cable is disconnected, make this one of the last things you move.

If the original TV carton is available, pack your television in it. If not, place the TV in a box slightly larger than it and pack soft things around it—especially in front of the screen. Some experts recommend service before and after moving. Read your owner's manual to determine whether your TV's manufacturer recommends such service.

Some tables can be disassembled for easier moving. Turn over the coffee or end table and look for nuts that can be removed behind the legs. Box or tape them together with the hardware.

If you are moving a cabinet with doors, tie the knobs together or carefully use packing tape across the doors to keep them shut in transit.

As you load the tables or cabinets into your truck or trailer, wrap them in moving pads to protect their surfaces.

In this age of digital time, not everyone has a grandfather or grandmother clock. If you do, however, you need to take special precautions with it. Here's how.

First, remove chimes, weights, and pendulums, wrapping them in moving pads. Then tie or tape the door closed so that it won't open in transit. Make sure you place the clock’s manual inside so that you can reassemble it on arrival.

If you feel uncomfortable preparing your grandfather clock or other heirlooms or antiques for moving, consider hiring a professional mover to pack it for you.

 
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